Freedom Elementary School News
Upcoming Events - Scroll to bottom of page for full calendar
May 20 - Grade 4 Field trip to Bonanzaville
May 21 - SHS Jazz Band visit Freedom
May 22 - Kindergarten field trip to TNT
May 22 - Grade 3 field trip to RRZoo and Armour Park
May 23 - Mr. Schneck Day - dress in Vikings or purple
May 23 - Awards day
May 24 - 1 pm Talent Show- parents of participants only
May 27 - No School - Memorial Day
May 29-30 - Inflatable Games in PE
May 29 - 6-8 pm PTA Family Fun Night
May 30 - Last Day of School
KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION FOR 2019-2020 IS OPEN NOW
If you have a student that has a Date of Birth between August 1, 2013 and July 31, 2014; please come now to register for Kindergarten at Freedom Elementary. Our office is open Monday – Friday from 7:30 am – 3:30 pm. Stop by and fill out paperwork and secure your spot for next year. Be sure to bring the birth certificate and immunization record to registration.
Summer School for Freedom Students
Freedom students that qualify based on reading criteria will be attending regular education summer school in June at our sister school Brooks Harbor Elementary - located at 801 22nd Ave W, West Fargo. Students have all been selected and families notified.
Summer School runs from June 3-27 on Monday through Thursdays from 8:00am-12:00pm for students. If you have questions about summer school, please call Brooks Harbor 701-356-8310 to speak with Denyse Kuhn.
Dr. Johnson and Mr. Schneck on Roof
Freedom Elementary raised more money than double the weight of Mr. Schneck for Sanford Children's. As a response to this generous donation, Mr. Schneck and Dr. Johnson are spending the day on the roof of Freedom. They are conducting Skype meetings for all students to see and playing games with students. Thank you for your generosity.
WELCOME TO KINDERGARTEN AT FREEDOM ELEMENTARY
REGISTRATION FOR 2019-2020 IS OPEN NOW
If you have a student that has a Date of Birth between August 1, 2013 and July 31, 2014; please come now to register for Kindergarten at Freedom Elementary.
Our office is open Monday – Friday from 7:30 am – 3:30 pm. Stop by and fill out paperwork and secure your spot for next year. Be sure to bring the birth certificate and immunization record to registration.
If you know of anyone that will have a student starting Kindergarten next year, please encourage them to come to Freedom Elementary to register.
If you already registered during Kindergarten Round Up on March 25 or 26, you all set until Fall Registration on August 5 and 6.
If you need to contact Freedom Elementary:
401 26th Ave S
West Fargo, ND 58078
Student Lunch Account Balances
Please be sure that your student(s) lunch account has enough to last for the remainder of the year. Each breakfast is $1.35 and each lunch is $2.45. Any remaining balance will roll over to the next West Fargo school your student attends. If you are moving from WFPS, you can request a refund from WFPS Food Service sent for any remaining balance.
Attn: 5th Grade Parents from Liberty Middle School
Hello Parents & Students,
We are very excited to welcome you to Liberty Middle School next year! The transition to 6th grade is very important, and we have planned several events that will help prepare you and your students.
Week of April 22 – School Counselor Visits in 5th Grade Classrooms
During this week, LMS school counselors will be visiting the 5th grade elementary classrooms to provide an overview of middle school and answer students’ questions about middle school.
May 20th – Parent Information and Instrument Rental Night
Join us for an informational presentation about the exciting changes you can expect during 6th grade for both parents and students. During the presentation, there will be time to ask any questions that you may have. Our Counselor and Assistant Principal will be leading the presentation to help make the elementary to middle school transition as easy as possible. Parents and students are invited to come early for a self-guided tour of the school and the opportunity to visit with area music stores and rent your new instrument!
5:00 – 7:00 pm: Personnel from Schmitt’s Music, Eckroth, and Christian Eggert Violins will be available from 5:00-7:00 pm in LMS Commons to answer questions and help assist in the rental of an instrument.
6:00 – 6:45 pm: Aurora, Freedom, Independence, Brooks Harbor, and Osgood Parent Information Presentation in LMS Theatre
6th Grade Registration: You only need to attend one of these dates!
Monday, August 5th – 8:00am-4:00pm
Tuesday, August 6th – 11:00am-7:00pm
*Students will be able to pick up their school schedules, practice locker combinations, receive bus information as well as put money in their lunch accounts. Students will also take their school picture at registration!
Thursday, August 15th: 6th Grade Mustang RoundUP
6th grade students are invited to Liberty Middle School from 2:00-5:00 pm. Students will learn about life as a middle school student, and what to expect in 6th grade. This is a great opportunity for students to become familiar with middle school practices and expectations, and reduce anxiety about the transition. Parent/guardians need to provide transportation to and from LMS for this event. Parents are invited for an informational meeting from 5:00-5:30 in the LMS commons.
August 27, 2019 – FIRST DAY OF 6TH GRADE!!!
Assistant Principal / Activities Director
701-356-2671 (Front Office)
at Freedom YMCA for summer program 2019
L E T S C R E A T E !
Welcome to DREAMATION DESTINATION! Our summer will be filled to the brim with all things ART! We will explore different dances, visual arts, music, theatre and media movie making. In addition students will participate in traditional summer camp activities such as outdoor time, fieldtrips, swimming and gym games! Summer at the Y includes:
- Breakfast, lunch, and snack provided
- Open 6:30am-6:00pm Monday-Friday
- Weekly field trip
- Weekly swimming day
- Traditional camp games, STEM learning, daily reading, time with friends
- SeeSaw App so you can “see” the fun your child has during the week
For openings, contact Site Coordinator Ashlyn Rossow at firstname.lastname@example.org (218.359.2337)
Moving from Freedom Elementary
If you know you will be moving from the Freedom Area at the end of the school year, please let the office know. We would need to know the date you plan to move, the location (state/city) where you are moving and the name of the school if possible. Once you register at the new school, the office at the school will request the school records from Freedom Elementary. Please email or call the office and let us know - email@example.com 701-356-5221
Parents and Guardians,
If you move from the Freedom Area during this school year or over the summer and wish to remain at Freedom, here is what to do at Registration time. In August, go to the school associated with your address also called your Home School and register. Explain to the staff that you are interested in filling out an In District Transfer form so you can apply to have your student go to Freedom Elementary. Fill out the form and turn into your Home School. After Registration is complete, the principals and superintendant meet to discuss enrollment numbers and if In District Transfers can be approved. Once all of the decisions are made, the schools will call parents and guardians to inform. There are no guarantees given prior to the decisions made after Registration. If you are granted an In District Transfer than you are responsible for all transporation to and from the school. No district transportation is allowed for In District transferred students.
Registration for the 2019-2020 School Year is held on Monday, August 5 from 11:00 am - 7:00 pm and Tuesday, August 6 from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
We look forward to seeing everyone next school year!
The Staff of Freedom Elementary
Summer Construction News
The summer is slowly approaching and this means construction season! This summer, Freedom will be having construction on our east end of the building by our playground door. The district, through the latest bond referendum approved by our community, will be working with construction companies to add on to Freedom a permanent art and GATE room. This space is highly needed to bring us in par with other buildings in the district. This will assist us in no longer having to worry year to year about art on a cart or having to move GATE room around due to classroom needs. By having dedicated space, these programs will have a permanent home. We are fortunate to have a wonderful community that approved the latest bond vote and can’t thank our community enough. This construction will take place immediately in June after school is out for the summer. The construction will take place on our blacktop outside door #5. This exit will not be available during the summer and the area will be fenced off due to construction equipment. Our playground sits on the Park District Property, so that will still be available, but we ask that children riding bikes in the area on the Park District bike path take extra precaution to look for the construction equipment and fencing and stay away from the school area. This constr
uction will be completed by the time school starts for the 2019-2020 school year. Freedom summer YMCA will still be housed at Freedom but will need to use alternative exits to get to the playground and areas will be marked for safety. Most of the construction will be outside of the building, except for when they need to hook up plumbing and pipes to existing areas within the building. We will have a busy summer and look forward to this addition to Freedom!
Dr. Johnson, Principal
Please call 701-356-5221 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
the Freedom office to inform when your student will be absent
Types of attendance:
- Sporting events
- Doctor/Dentist/Orthodontist appointments
It is helpful to inform the office of the type of attendance so that it can be coded in Power School properly. Funeral, for example, would not count against the student's attendance for the year.
Also if you bring in doctor/dentist/orthodontist note this can also be coded to medical and would not count against attendance for the year.
Thank you for assisting our office in recording attendance correctly!
Allison and Lisa - the Dynamic Duo of the Freedom Office
Classroom instruction starts at 8:10 am - students should be in their seats in the classroom at this time. Students should arrive no later than 8:00 am to allow time to put away items in lockers, say hi to friends and teachers before they need to be in their seats for attendance. Students arriving after 8:10 am are considered tardy and miss out on a productive start for themselves and other students. We appreciate your assistance in getting students to school on time.
Parking Lot - Drop Off/Pick Up Procedures
A special thanks to all our parents for entering and exiting the north main parking lot safely and taking turns to let each other into the loop area. When dropping off your child, please remember to move forward as far as possible behind the next car as a courtesy to those behind you so traffic doesn’t get backed up. Please be mindful of the crosswalk by the main entrance children are using when they enter/exit the building into the parking lot. Supervision will be provided in the parking lot area each school day before and after school to make sure our children are safe. If you need to enter the building, please park your car in the parking lot spaces and not in the drop and go loop. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask the supervisor on duty.
*NO PARKING—there is no parking allowed in the loading dock area past the cross walk when waiting for school to dismiss. This parking area is for staff only and must be kept clear for emergency vehicles, along with allowing kids to safely use the cross walk. If you park in that area, you will be reminded to please move your vehicles.
Medical Policy/Procedure Reminders:
** Students MAY NOT come to school with fevers, vomiting, diarrhea, contagious infections, or head lice (louse or nits). **
Students MAY RETURN to school when:
- Temperature is below 100 degrees for 24 hours without using medications!
- NO vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours without using medications!
- Contagious infections (Example: pink eye or strep throat) have been treated for 24 hours with prescription medication!
- Head lice is treated with lice shampoo and ALL NITS (eggs) have been removed!
- Students must be checked-in by the nurse with adult present before the student can return to school!
- Parents SHOULD screen their child routinely!
Medications WILL NOT be administered to students without proper documentation!
Medications MUST BE in original labeled bottles!
YMCA Early Childhood Development Program
4-Year-Old Preschool & Child Care Program
Join the Y’s new year-round Early Childhood Development Program that will meet your child’s school readiness needs and the family’s full-day child care needs. This is a scholarship-based program, available to all four-year-olds residing in the West Fargo School District.
Rates are based on a sliding fee scale, determined by household size/income.
Children must turn 4 years old prior to August 1, 2019
YMCA Early Childhood
330 3rd Ave E, West Fargo
Hours: 6:30am - 6:00 pm
Questions? Contact Ann: 701.499.3041 | email@example.com
Why is SARB/school attendance Important?
What is SARB?
School Attendance Review Board (SARB) is composed of representatives from various youth-serving agencies to help truant or recalcitrant students and their parents or guardians solve attendance problems through the use of available school and community resources.
What is chronic absenteeism?
A student is chronically absent if he or she misses school 10 percent of the time or more for any reason.
Why is school attendance important?
Research shows school absences can have a lasting impact on learning. One study on third grade reading level found the following:
- Chronically absent children gained 14 percent fewer literacy skills in kindergarten than those who attended more regularly.
- For students chronically absent in both kindergarten and first grade, only 17 percent scored proficient.
- Only 64 percent of third grade students who missed nine days or fewer in both kindergarten and first grade were reading at grade level.
- Only 43 percent of third graders who missed more than nine days both years were reading at grade level.
- Only 41 percent of students who were absent 18 or more days in either kindergarten or first grade could read at grade level. (chronic absence)
- Of the students who missed 18 or more days in consecutive years, only 17 percent were reading at grade level. (chronic absence)
According to a Utah study
- On average, being chronically absent in one grade increased the odds of being chronically absent in the next grade by nearly thirteen times.
- A student who was chronically absent in any year, starting in the 8th grade, was 7.4 times more likely to drop out of school than a student who was not chronically absent during any of those year.
School-Based Sealant Program
Seal! ND School-Based Fluoride Varnish and Dental Sealant Program
In 2012, The North Dakota Department of Health, Oral Health Program (OHP) implemented the Seal! ND School-based Fluoride Varnish and Dental Sealant Program. Public health dental hygienists visit schools two times a year (fall and spring) and provide direct preventive services, under standing orders of a dentist which include: oral health education, a screening, dental sealant and fluoride varnish application. A parent/guardian signed consent form is required to participate in the Seal! ND fluoride varnish and dental sealant program.
Services are provided to schools that are recognized as being in need by the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (DPI). Students attending pre-kindergarten through 12th grade (depending upon the school) with parent/guardian consent are eligible to receive the free oral health services. A goody bag consisting of a result sheet (what the child had done), toothbrush, toothpaste and floss will be provided to each child that is seen. In the West Fargo area, Maple Family Dental will be providing the services. Watch for more information to come!
District News & Updates
Please join us on Tuesday, June 11 from 4:00PM - 6:00PM at Cheney Middle School to find out about the various support staff positions needed for the start of the new school year. Both full-time and part-time positions are available! Meet current district administrators and supervisors, learn about employment opportunities, submit an application, and be considered for an on-site interview! For questions, please call the Human Resources Department at (701) 356-2001 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your child will be five years old on or before July 31, 2019, they are eligible to attend kindergarten in 2019-2020! Please visit your neighborhood school to register; Deer Creek Elementary families can register now at Legacy Elementary. If you do not know which school your child will attend, you can check your address on our Maps webpage.
The Parent Portal is a tool designed to keep parents informed of their child's academic progress; it is a supplement to other school-parent communication. A single sign-on functionality is available that allows parents to have a single account for multiple children. In order to access the Parent Portal, a single sign-on account must be created. Children can be added to an account by utilizing the account ID and password provided by the child's school.
Setting Up Your Account
Print a copy of the Parent Portal Access Request Form. Complete the form and bring it, and your photo ID, to your child's school.
Once the information is validated, the Parent Portal ID and password will be emailed to the address provided on the form. This information will be needed to assign students to your Parent Portal single sign-on account. Note: the access ID and password are not your Parent Portal credentials.
Prior to creating your single sign-on account, you will need the access ID(s) and password(s) emailed by your child's school. Contact the school if you misplaced the information.
Use a web browser to navigate to the PowerSchool login. Log in and select the CREATE ACCOUNT tab and the CREATE ACCOUNT button. Follow the questions to enter your first name, your last name, your email address, your desired username, and your chosen password.
Select the LINK STUDENTS TO ACCOUNT tab and follow the questions to enter your child's name, the associated access ID for the child, the associated password, and the relationship you have to the child. Repeat these steps to add additional children to your single sign-on account.